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Multiple Lawsuits Target San Francisco’s Central SoMa Plan

As expected, a couple of lawsuits challenging San Francisco’s recently approved Central SoMa Plan have just been filed in San Francisco’s Superior Court and more suits could soon follow.

The first two suits, one of which was filed by the Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium (Todco) and another by a local resident, both challenge the adequacy and findings of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Plan as certified by the City last year.

According to the challenge filed on behalf of Jonathan Berk, a professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business who resides in a penthouse overlooking the area which was up-zoned by the Plan, in addition to “exacerbating the City’s already critical jobs-housing imbalance,” the Plan “will also cause a large number of serious and substantial adverse impacts on traffic and air quality, the inevitable consequence of introducing a massive new population of commuting workers and new residents into a dense, tightly congested area already suffering from nearly constant workday traffic jams.”

As such, Mr. Berk is seeking to have the certification of the Central SoMa Plan’s impact report and all subsequent approvals overturned, along with “a preliminary and permanent injunction directing the City to cease and refrain from engaging in any action or issuing any land use approvals” in reliance of said Plan and an award of all legal fees and equitable relief.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in as the suits progress.




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